What Xmas Means to Me (not really) by Pat Conrad MD

Oh Christmas, many gather to celebrate the birth of a baby born a while back on the other side of the world.  In Florida, doctors and lawyers gather together to celebrate the birth of a different child.  Joining hands in a circle recalling the most hellish of W.H.O.ville’s (ironic, that), all beam inwardly at toward…

Congrats to Josh at Atlas.MD

Here is an article about Josh and “Concierge Care” in Business Week: Atlas MD isn’t a free clinic. It’s a concierge medical practice, which means you can’t get an appointment unless you pay cash. Atlas MD’s two physicians, Josh Umbehr and Doug Nunamaker, don’t accept insurance. Instead, they charge most of their adult patients $50…

Can You Imagine?

I am a grunt.   I am in the trenches of medicine , right now working at an Urgent Care center.  Yes, it is my choice but this is the problem with healthcare.  This was just sent to me by one of my readers.  It seems Dr. Callahan needs an assistant:   Elizabeth Callahan, MD…

Good Perspective

The following is from A Dr. Sidney  Goldstein. It was in the  Family Practice News though it is syndicated in other pieces.  It is a worth a read: The New Doctor’s Office The doctor’s office, at least my office, has changed over the last few decades with an increase in personnel added to make my…

Escaping the Rat Race by Val Jones MD

Animal research has shown that the best way to get a rat to press a pellet-producing lever is to set the mechanism so that it doesn’t always release a pellet with each push. The unpredictability (or scarcity) of the reward causes the rat to seek it with more fervor. Casino owners are well aware of this phenomenon,…

Suspensions for Erections?

I have been blown away by the lack of media attention on all the four-game suspensions given to NFL players this year.    Most of them seem to be from using the drug Adderall.   Not really known to build size or increase speed, I think once again the athletes know something that science does…

Weed at 7

Here is an example of good intentions going poorly.  Maybe there is a need for medical weed but now a 7-year-old girl, who is suffering from leukemia, has become one of Oregon’s youngest medical marijuana patients.  Really?  “First you get hungry,” Mykayla told the paper. “Then you get really funny, and then you get tired.”  You…

P4P for Health Insurers? by Val Jones MD

In a recent post entitled, “The Joys Of Health Insurance Bureaucracy” I described how it took me (a physician) over three months to get one common prescription filled through my new health insurance plan. Of note, I have still been unable to enroll in the prescription refill mail order service that saves my insurer money…